Letter: Freedom of Speech

To the Editor:

This isn’t who we are. I have read this phrase a lot the last few days in response to a group in town expressing their opinion on an issue facing Easton, our education system and frankly, the whole country. I see it as a sad commentary on our inability to agree to disagree.

Is not the final goal to be open minded and see things from all angles? Does shutting down this group’s opinion make things better? That is not who we are. We are Americans guided by a Constitution. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Let’s use this as a basis for civil conversation and learning, not just passing judgement on each other. I have read the letters in the Courier and would welcome more from every side of the issues. Let’s not squander an opportunity to understand each other by shutting the door on the person with whom you do not agree.

Wendy Bowditch